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Hockey star trains gun at PGI doctor
Chandigarh, April 2
Furious over being made to wait for over four hours to get his daughter examined at the Advance Paediatric Centre at the PGI, international hockey player and Punjab Police inspector Kanwalpreet Singh allegedly pointed his service revolver at a woman doctor this afternoon.

Staff force DPI to revoke orders
Chandigarh, April 2
There was high drama outside the office of the Director Public Instructions (DPI), Schools, after orders were issued to a Class 1 NCC teacher of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, relieving him of services.

Flowers in pots atop poles wilt
Chandigarh, April 2
The strength and size of the iron and steel grips erected on electricity poles along the Madhya Marg and Jan Marg to support flower pots shows the mammoth effort, physical and financial, that went into their installation.

Woman dies in freak accident
Chandigarh, April 2
A woman got panicky as she saw an approaching train and jumped off the track, in the process suffering severe head injuries. She died on the spot as her head hit the stones on the elevated track on the Chandigarh-Ambala road this afternoon. Her two minor sons and brother-in-law accompanying her escaped unhurt.

Dog bites three at mini sectt
Chandigarh, April 2
Three persons were bitten by a stray dog at the Punjab mini secretariat, Sector 9, here today.

Airport goes WiFi
Chandigarh, April 2
The Chandigarh airport has now become a total connectivity zone with the availability of high-speed Internet through WiFi technology.



Canadian-Indian writer’s quest for roots
Minnie Grewal Chandigarh, April 2
She started her writing career with Russian Embassy’s bi-weekly “Soviet Land” in Mumbai many decades ago. The next phase of her life came 16 years later, in 1973, only after she had become chief editor of the magazine. She quit to move bag and baggage to Canada and today, Canadian-Indian writer Minnie Grewal is the author of four books (not in Russian but in Punjabi!).

Sahara City Homes: Promoters take people for a ride
Chandigarh, April 2
Dreams of scores of residents to own a home in the state-of-the-art Sahara City Homes, a prestigious project of the Sahara Group, at Rampur Kalan on the Zirakpur-Patiala road in the Chandigarh's periphery has gone sour as the promoters had allegedly taken them for a ride.

Navy rescues Indian merchant ship in Pacific Ocean
Sailors onboard INS Rana prepare to transfer fuel to MV Maharashtra after responding to a distress call from the merchantman in the Pacific Ocean. Chandigarh, April 2
In an unprecedented operation thousands of miles away from home, an Indian warship yesterday rescued an Indian merchant ship stranded on the high seas in the Pacific Ocean.

Sailors onboard INS Rana prepare to transfer fuel to MV Maharashtra after responding to a distress call from the merchantman in the Pacific Ocean.

Fauji Beat
Where widows’ welfare is a casualty
“IN the fond memory of my daughter, late Jyoti Thakur, I wish to contribute Rs 25 lakh from my personal earnings to my unit”, wrote Kanwar Nirmal Singh, DGP, Haryana, to the Commanding Officer (CO), 2 Mechanised Infantry 1 Jat (LI), on September 12, 2006. Nirmal Singh was commissioned into 1 Jat (LI) in March 1968. From where, he was selected for the Indian Police Service (IPS) in July 1973.

Visitors at the exhibition of silk and cotton weaves at Kisan Bhavan, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Saturday.Spectrum of colours in cotton, silk
Chandigarh, April 2
Celebrating the splendour of Indian yarn, ‘Weaves - Cotton and Silk Spectrum 2007’ brings to the city the creative passion of weavers from across India. Weaves provides a platform to artisans of the country to showcase their very best.

Visitors at the exhibition of silk and cotton weaves at Kisan Bhavan, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Boozing in the open
Panchkula, April 2
It’s 9 pm. The chaat vendor in front of the group housing societies, Sector 5, Mansa Devi Complex, is doing brisk business as customers await their turn. A group of five persons, carrying a liquor bottle, disposable glasses and a bottle of water, sit down on the road berm near his rehri. And, the party begins to roll as they take turns to consume liquor and zing it up with a spicy plate of chaat. At a temporary stall of Chinese food at the other end of the market, a similar scene unfolds.

Stinking nullah bane of Lakhnour residents
Mohali, April 2
A major environmental issue related to the discharge of untreated sullage in the open nullah, which passes through the Lakhnour village area here, hangs fire even as government departments attempt to pass the buck.

Carpentry course at juvenile home
Chandigarh, April 2
Jean Rodrigues, wife of Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today inaugurated a course on carpentry at Juvenile Home, Sector 25, for the delinquent juvenile children and SC children of Colony No. 4, Industrial Area.

Sec 40 residents want post office back
Chandigarh, April 2
Residents of Sector 40 and surrounding areas have demanded the reopening of the post office that had been closed down in the Sector around a year ago.

Body found
Zirakpur, April 2
The body of an unidentified youth was found at the railway tracks near Dhakoli here this morning.


Bid to commit suicide
Chandigarh, April 2
A 25-year-old man allegedly attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself at his parent’s residence in Mauli Complex this afternoon.

Tenant found murdered
Mohali, April 2
An unidentified person was allegedly found murdered in a house in Kansal village here today.

2 drive off without paying for fuel
Chandigarh, April 2
Two unidentified car-borne youths allegedly fled without paying from a petrol station in Sector 22.

HUDA official held for forgery
Panchkula, April 2
The Crime Branch of the local police arrested an assistant working at the Estate Office of HUDA here today. The accused Tek Chand, was arrested for forging documents of a property belonging to an NRI.


Heavy rush at a bookshop in Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Monday evening.New session begins, so does search for books
Chandigarh, April 2
Heavy rush was witnessed at bookstores on the opening day of the new session across the city today. Parents and students alike stood in long queues to wait for their turn to get books.

Heavy rush at a bookshop in Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Monday evening. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

St Stephen’s celebrates silver jubilee
Chandigarh, April 2
As a part of their silver jubilee celebrations, the St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, organised a cultural evening at the school premises, here, today. A skit ‘Wings of Fire’ was presented by the junior wing of the school, followed by a song and dance item. The senior students presented ‘Chunari Dance’. The school will hold a sports day on April 5. A rotary blood donation camp will also be organised on April 10 at 9 am.

All students of chemical engg get jobs
Chandigarh, April 2
Students of the department of chemical engineering and technology, Panjab University, have ample reason to cheer about. The cause, according to professor U.S. Shivhare (training and placement officer), is the excellent placements achieved by the department for the current session.

Placement drive at Landran college
Mohali, April 2
Wipro BPO, which is a part of Wipro Technologies, held campus placements at Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, near here, yesterday. Students of ECE, CSE, IT, ME, EE and MCA participated in the drive. The selected candidates will be given a package of Rs 1.81 lakh per annum.

UGC-NET forms available
Chandigarh, April 2
Forms for the UGC-NET Junior Research Fellowship and eligibility for lectureship have to be submitted to the coordinator, UGC-NET, professor Rupinder Tewari, department of biotechnology, Panjab University, here, before April 30, 2007.

45 receive certificates
Mohali, April 2
In a function organised by Jan Shikshan Sansthan here today, Ajoy Sharma, additional deputy commissioner (development) Mohali, gave away certificates to 45 students who had successfully completed vocational courses in fabric painting and hair and skin care.


Army assembles first court martial against woman officer
Chandigarh, April 2
The Army today assembled its first-ever general court martial (GCM) to try a woman officer on charges of professional impropriety. The GCM, however could not proceed as the Judge Advocate, the legal adviser to the court, was not available as he was engaged in another court martial. The court, being held at Zirakpur, near here, will now re-assemble on April 11.


Dadi Padmujee enthrals art lovers
Artistes perform at the inauguration of Putul Yatra 2007 at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Monday. Chandigarh, April 2
The much awaited national festival of Indian Puppetry ‘Putul Yatra-2007’ opened at the Punjab Kala Bhavan premises, here today. The mega event organised under the aegis of the National Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, in association with the Punjab Arts Council, will feature 15 shows by acclaimed puppeteers of international eminence both in traditional and contemporary forms.

Artistes perform at the inauguration of Putul Yatra 2007 at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Expert throws light on multiculturalism
Chandigarh, April 2
The ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre organised a special lecture on “Immigration, citizenship and multiculturalism in a liberalising nation” at the ICSSR complex, Panjab University, here today.


Aussie may coach Punjab Ranji team
Mohali, April 2
M.P. Pandove The Punjab Cricket Association will continue to have a foreign coach for its Ranji team. This time, an Australian may replace ad hoc coach Daljeet Singh for the next season. Talking to the TNS, PCA honorary secretary M.P. Pandove said: “Though it is too early to say anything, having an Australian coach is on our mind. Australian coaches are the best if you see their performance. But we have to see our pocket before going ahead. Pakistan or Indian coaches are other options.”

Now, swim year-round
Work in progress at the yoga swimming pool in Sector 23, Chandigarh, which is being converted into an “all-weather friendly pool”.
All-weather pool by month-end
Chandigarh, April 2
Swimming enthusiasts can now look forward to the luxury of swimming right through the year. The existing yoga swimming pool in Sector 23 is being converted into an “all-weather friendly pool”.

Work in progress at the yoga swimming pool in Sector 23, Chandigarh, which is being converted into an “all-weather friendly pool”. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Kirti and Ashish Golden siblings
Chandigarh, April 2
The brother-sister duo of Ashish Gahlawat and Kirti Gahlawat, students of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, has done the city proud by winning loads of accolades in the field of yoga. Ashish Gahlawat, who recently took Class VI examination, won gold and a bronze medal at Invitation International Cup-2006. This tournament was conducted by the Yoga Confederation of India at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, as part of 15th Yoga World Cup -2006.

Kirti and Ashish

Roller skating meet from April 14
Chandigarh, April 2
The Chandigarh Roller Skating Association will hold Chandigarh Roller Skating Championship at Kailash Behl DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, on April 14 and 15.

Tennis tourney from April 6
Chandigarh, April 2
Total Tennis Academy will conduct the YMCA Total Tennis Masters Championship (boys and girls) from April 6 to 8 at its courts at Sector 11 here.


Registration & Licensing Authority
Contractual staff handling money counters
Chandigarh, April 2
The office of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) has been dealing with staff shortage by outsourcing manpower from different departments.


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